Cumberland Community Foundation awards grants from the Foundation’s unrestricted and field-of-interest Community Funds. These endowments provide support for the most promising opportunities and greatest needs in the community at the discretion of the Foundation.
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Community Grants 2016 – 2020: Six Priority Impact Areas
In 2015, Cumberland Community Foundation conducted strategic planning to grow the impact of the grantmaking program. The foundation identified six impact areas as priorities for 2016 through 2020:
- Growing Philanthropy and Local Giving through endowment building for any charitable purpose, geographic outreach using matching grants, donor advised fund services, hosting of the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County, professional advisor outreach (CLE training, one-on-one visits, targeted mailings), special project fundraising (Million Pounds, Sandhills State Cemetery Project), and 35th Anniversary Community Outreach Grants.
- Growing Sustainable Support for Local Nonprofit Organizations through the 2020 Development Goals, stewardship of nonprofit endowments, training on planned giving and endowment building, one on one donor development, matching grants through the Lilly Endowment Challenge, communications mini-grants, and Endowment Partner Operating Support Grants.
- Increasing College Access and Affordability through the CCF Scholarship Program ($210k/year), the Robert H. Short / CCF Scholars Program ($530k/year), and student / parent education on student debt and financial aid.
- Improving Education Outcomes by improving high school graduation rates, increasing grade level reading by third grade, and growing parental involvement in children’s education.
- Improving Quality of Life for All through support for:
- Excellent and Accessible Arts, Recreation, and Culture
- Healthy and Vital Community
- Opportunities for Youth Development
- Basic Needs for Vulnerable Populations
- Safety and Quality of Life for Senior Citizens
- Protecting Companion Animals
- Environmental Protection and Education
- Strengthening Local Nonprofit Organizations through training opportunities for nonprofit staff and volunteers, office space, meeting space, the Mary Lynn McCree Bryan Leadership Award, and Community Grants for capacity building.